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Default Which new mainboard / CPU / combo ?

May 15th, 2012, 17:03
I probably need a new CPU, M/B or both, see the other thread.

I want this unplanned update to be as small as possible. So let's play through the 3 possible cases. Which components would you recommend.

I still have 2*4 GB DDR3 I would prefer to recycle.

  1. Mainboard is okay, CPU is damaged.
    I'm running a Phenom 2 X4 CPU. Which current CPU for that socket should I buy?
  2. CPU is okay, mainboard is damaged.
    Which new mainboard offers the best bang for the buck at the moment? I prefer full size but with onboard graphics (HDMI). Later this PC would become a HTPC.
  3. Both are gone.
    Which current combo is good and relatively cheap? Sounds like an i5 this time.
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